Tablets slowly taking over for portable PCs
May 29, 2013
Nowadays, many companies use construction software stored in the cloud, making business information easy to access from anywhere with an Internet connection. These innovations are coming at the right time, as a recent forecast from the International Data Corporation found the tablet market is expected to outpace portable PCs in 2013.
Tablets continue to grow in popularity
Construction managers who have access to a tablet can be much more versatile when on a project or traveling from one job site to another. Armed with these mobile devices, worker efficiency and productivity can be improved. The research showed tablet shipments are expected to grow nearly 59 percent year over year in 2013 reaching 229.3 million units, up from 144.5 million units in 2012. Business professionals in a number of different industries are seeing how tablets can give them the ability to have all of their important information in one easy-to-use, touchscreen device.
Not only are tablet sales growing each year, the market is expected to surpass PCs, both portable and desktop, by 2015. As PC sales continue to plummet, it is clear consumers and business users are choosing tablets as their next device of choice.
"What started as a sign of tough economic times has quickly shifted to a change in the global computing paradigm with mobile being the primary benefactor," said Ryan Reith, program manager for IDC's Mobility Trackers. He noted that with tablets overcoming portables this year, and surpassing total PCs by 2015, the trend "marks a significant change in consumer attitudes" regarding computer devices, as well as the ecosystems and apps that drive these tools.
Tablets can be used for many tasks
While PCs can certainly be an asset to business users, they aren't as portable as tablets. More executives are finding a use for the larger mobile devices in the workplace, allowing them to simplify processes. Here is a list provided by Small Business Trends of ways that the mobile gadgets can be used to make construction workers more productive:
- Training new workers: If new hires are given tablets, or allowed to bring their own, they can begin to catch up to the rest of the team by watching training videos posted within the company's intranet.
- Manage files: Many tablet users will be using some sort of cloud environment where they can easily access all of their business files through an email system or application.
- Track projects: Construction jobs are often on a tight schedule and specified budget. There are a number of apps available to aid with closely managing projects.